This gorgeous and lyrical picture book from renowned science author Laurence Pringle and debut illustrator Kate Garchinsky follows a year in the life of a red fox named Vixen as she finds food, hunts, escapes threats, finds a mate, and raises her kits-all the way to the day that she and her mate watch their kits head off to lead their own secret lives. Stunning, realistic illustrations celebrate the beauty of these mysterious creatures as readers learn important facts through an engaging and fascinating story. The Secret Life of the Red Fox also includes back matter with more in-depth information, a glossary, and further resources.
Laurence Pringle has written more than one hundred books for children, including the Strange and Wonderful series and The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar, among other award-winning science titles. Internationally, his books have sold more than three million copies. He lives in West Nyack, New York.
Kate Garchinsky received her BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, with a focus in nature and children's literature. The Secret Life of the Red Fox is her first picture book. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"This intimate and personal view [...] is chronicled through a beautifully cohesive relationship between text and illustration. Facts and definitions are seamlessly woven into the narrative. [...] The art [...] convey(s) intensity and precision [...] (and) fuels the foxlike moments with emotion. A rich reading experience awaits those who pick up this title."
– School Library Journal, starred review
"Visually captivating introduction to the red fox's secret life [...] Pringle thoughtfully explains how red foxes are canines, omnivores and predators [...] with specialized vocabulary printed in italics in the narrative and defined in a glossary. Intimate scenes [...] alternate with panoramic vistas, capturing the essence of the red fox and her world [...] (the) illustrations add depth, drama, and detail to the informative, entertaining text."
– Kirkus Reviews